Did you know? I’ve struggled with wanting to read the Bible too. I’ve had seasons in my life when I’ve really wanted to desire that time with God… but that desire just hasn’t been there.
That’s the Motivation Block. And, trust me, that is not a fun place to be.
There are lots of strategies to overcome this Motivation Block that we run into (Check out this post if you’re interested in a few! 🙂 ). But honestly? The best thing to do is to bite the bullet and read God’s Word. Pick a favorite book of the Bible, a favorite chapter, or a favorite verse. Choose a topic and do a word study. (Here’s a concordance that I love to use for those!) The point it, start somewhere, and ask God to give you a desire to spend time with Him. That’s a prayer that He would love to answer!
Below is a sample study that I’ve done recently with the Motivation Block specifically in mind. It’s a list of a few effects that the Bible has in our lives, things that God wants to do for us through His Word.
I hope the read-through is as encouraging to you as the study-through was for me, and I hope it will inspire you to do a study of your own! These verses are absolutely precious!
25 Reasons to Read the Bible
God’s Word teaches us about who God is!
“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.’”
God’s Word is able to make us wise.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
God’s Word is sweet!
“More to be desired are they [His commands] than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”
God blesses us when we seek His Word and keep His commandments.
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart.”
God’s Word keeps us from sin.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word.”
“I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
God’s Word counsels us.
“Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”
“Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
God’s Word brings us delight!
“Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”
God’s Word strengthens us when we’re overwhelmed with sadness.
“My heart melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word!”
God’s Word gives us promises that make us hope.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.”
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.”
God’s Word teaches us good judgment and knowledge.
“Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.”
“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it imparts knowledge to the simple.”
God’s Word is more precious than great wealth.
“The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.”
God’s Word is reliable.
“All Your commandments are sure…”
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”
God’s Word isn’t going to go away!
“The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
God’s Word guides us.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s Word teaches us to fear Him.
“My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.”
“If you seek it [wisdom, God’s Word] like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Reading God’s Word gives us a greater love for reading it!
“Your promise is well-tried, and Your servant loves it.”
God’s Word prompts us to praise Him!
“Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous rules.”
“My lips will pour forth praise, for You teach me Your statutes. My tongue will sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are right.”
God’s Word gives us peace, because it keeps us from stumbling.
“Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble.”
God’s Word sanctifies us.
“Sanctify them in Your truth; Your word is truth.”
God’s Word helps us discern truth.
“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
God’s Word was given for our encouragement and hope.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
God’s Word teaches us about our great salvation!
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”
Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5
God’s Word gives us purpose in life.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
God’s Word equips us for every good work.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.”
2 Peter 1:3
God’s Word gives us confidence in our salvation.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
1 John 5:13
So what about you?
Is the Motivation Block something that you’ve struggled with too? Here’s my challenge to you – don’t stay there! Choose one positive action step that you can take to be consistent in spending time with God, and apply it today.
(Need a resource to help you get started? Try my Seven-Day Fresh Start Challenge! I love the visual accountability that this printable provides!)
In the meantime, Sister in Christ, know that I’m praying for you. Please, let me know if there is any way I can encourage, help, or pray for you. Biblical womanhood is a sisterhood thing, and that’s why I’m here! 🙂
With Love, Erin
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